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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Capitals Sign Tomas Vokoun

As first reported by TSN's Gord Miller, the Washington Capitals have signed free agent goaltender Tomas Vokoun to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.  Vokoun, 35, started 57 games for the Florida Panthers last season, winning 22 games and compiling a 2.55 GAA, .922 Save%, and six shutouts.
This move, while unexpected, seems to make sense for the Capitals, providing that they are still able to sign Troy Brouwer and Karl Alzner, who are both restricted free agents at this time.  $1.5 million for a goalie of Vokoun's caliber is absurd; he and Jose Theodore, for example, are making the same amount of money next year but Vokoun is like, really good, and stuff.  Both Vokoun and young starter Michal Neuvirth are Czech, which is certainly not a coincidence, and this move will both give the Capitals another veteran in the locker room and give them someone to stabilize the goalie situation if Neuvirth get's hurt.  This also allows Braden Holtby to mature at the AHL level for another year.
However, this deal leaves the Capitals with less than $600,000 of money left between their payroll and the salary cap.  There are a few scenarios to get them with enough money to sign Alzner and Brouwer, but the most likely one, at this point, is to trade Alexander Semin.  More as it becomes available.

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